Ininiwag Dibaajimowag: Gilbert Fredette – Within Me
Between 2010 and 2013, six women and seven men produced 2-5 minute digital stories which tell about their experiences of being parented by a survivor of a residential school. The first project, kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors was a project spearheaded by Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence and the second project, ininiwag dibaajimowag : First Nations Men’s Digital Stories on the Intergenerational Experiences of Residential Schools was done through the Oral History Centre and Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg (funded through the Aboriginal Healing Foundation).
Gilbert James Fredette was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba; he now lives and works in Norway House Cree Nation. Gilbert’s mother, Dorothy, was taken away at the age of seven years old and stayed at the Birtle Residential School for 10 years. His video is called “Within Me”.